Dec 17, 2017

Solo Round the World: Francois Garbart destroys previous record by 6 Days

Video & pics by Alexis Courcou / Jean Marie Liot / Marine Nationale / MACIF -  If Thomas Coville's record from Dec 2016 was a special one, imagine breaking it by 6 days. Francois Gabart sailing the foil assisted Macif Trimaran has completed an immense achievement, on the record itself, on being Solo, on the weather conditions and specially being 2 days apart from the Jules Verne Trophy, which is held by Joyon and his IDEC crew, record broken early this year in January.

To view Macif foils setup check this previous posts :  Macif wins Centennial Transat  & Macif launch by Launay.
Excellent on board shots taken by Christophe Launay, who spent 24hs sailing with Gabart, here.

This record is a milestone for offshore racing. Gabart seems such a good guy, always smiling with good vibes. Well deserved Record for Francois who is also sails & race FP, F18 & A-Class, also a former Tornado sailor.

The French offshore teams are still pursuing more Round the World voyages, Spindrift 2 is on stand by to attempt the Jules Verne Trophy record.

Relive gps tracking at

Below translated official report  by
François Gabart pulverize Solo round the World Record.Journey started Saturday, November 4 at 10:05 am departing from Ushant.
François Gabart reached this Sunday, December 17 at 2:45 (French time) to the finish line of his solo world tour, located between Cape Lizard and Ouessant.

For his first attempt, the skipper of the trimaran MACIF sets a new record of the solo round the world in 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds, imptoving by 6 days 10 hours 23 minutes and 53 seconds the time set on December 25, 2016 by Thomas Coville (49 days 3 hours 4 minutes 28 seconds).

Francois time is the second absolute, crew and solitary combined, around the world, only IDEC Sport (Francis Joyon) having done better on January 26, 2017 on the Jules Verne Trophy (40 days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds).

MACIF trimaran has actually traveled 27,859.7 miles, its actual average on this course is 27.2 knots.
During this round of the world, François Gabart has marked the spirits, knocking down virtually every reference time in his path.

The most significant being the distance traveled alone in 24 hours (851 miles between November 13 and 14 against 784, a record that already belonged to him), but also those, crew and solitary combined, on Ouessant-Cap de Bonne sections. -Experience (12 days 20 hours and 10 minutes), crossing the Pacific (Tasmania-Cape Horn in 7 days 15 hours and 15 minutes) and Cape Horn-Equator (6 days 22 hours and 15 minutes).

Questioned Friday, François Gabart had confided to the evocation of the record he was about to beat: " I never dreamed of this time. On paper, with the weather, with what I was able to do with this boat, it was possible to break the record, but in the best scenarios, one or two days. It's pretty amazing . The new record holder around the world is expected in the morning in Brest, the trimaran MACIF will be moored dock Malbert.